Stretch Mark Prevention Tips for Expecting and New Moms
One of the few dreaded by-products of pregnancy are stretch marks. Nobody wants to look like they've been scratched by Tony the Tiger just because you birthed life into the world. Now the experts will tell you that stretch marks are genetic and hormonal, and with all the stretching of pregnancy there's not too much you can really do to prevent them. But every year women plow millions of dollars into stretch mark lotions and potions anyway.
And I'm one of them.
When I was pregnant, I was not going to play genetic roulette even though my mom has three kids and no stretch marks. I stayed greased up and lubed down like nobody's business! I used cocoa butter, aloe vera, shea butter, and olive oil straight from the bottle and even created my own concoctions to rub on my belly in an attempt to keep the stretch marks at bay. And I have no stretch marks on my belly (read the rub at the end of the post!)
If you are on a no-stretch mark mission, consider these popular products.
Belli's Elasticity Belly Oil and Say No to Stretchmarks Set is a popular choice. Belli Pregnancy is the only line in the world that teratology screens each ingredient to help you guard against chemicals linked to birth defects in published research. Every product is allergy tested and free of artificial dyes and parabens. The products have Collagen Hydrolysates, Vitamin E, and Gutu Kola extract to help maintain the firm and flexible nature of your skin while preventing pregnancy stretch marks from forming. Belli's Stretchmark Minimizing Cream doesn't just smooth out and reinvigorate your skin, it also works to improve your blood flow and helps those ugly pregnancy stretch marks fade! http://www.belliskincare.com/pregnancy-product-list-belli-cosmetics.html
Bella B’s TUMMY HONEY BUTTER helps prevent new stretch marks by maintaining skin elasticity and moisture deep into skin layers. TUMMY HONEY BUTTER is all natural, hypoallergenic, contains no water, petroleum, or lanolin and includes anti- itch ingredients to soothe that growing tummy. The whole Tummy Honey butter line has a mild natural cocoa butter scent - no flowery or overpowering fragrances. http://www.duematernity.com/tummy-honey.html
Carols Daughter Sexy Belly. Moms to be love Sexy Belly! It’s a 100% Natural, 0% Petroleum Moisturizing Butter for a Smooth, Supple, Sexy Belly. Who doesn’t want that? Sexy Belly contains Tamanu Oil to help reduce the appearance of stretchmarks and improve skin's elasticity, Rose Hip Extract to help improve skin's tone, Cocoa & Shea Butters to provide moisture, restore softness, and reduce the appearance of dull skin and no parabens, mineral oil or artificial colors. https://www.carolsdaughter.com/portal.aspx?CN=F9E41FA018C9&BCID=784B5148...
Heidi Klum is just one of the many celebrity moms who love Basq. Their award-winning stretch mark prevention products are just part of their amazing skin care line for expecting and new moms. If you can’t choose from their fabulous stretch mark prevention and repair offerings, then go for the 9 Month Stretch Essentials Kit, for everything you need. http://basqnyc.com/_catalog_78745/Fight_Stretch_Marks
If it’s too late to prevent and time to minimize, check out:
TriLASTIN-SR, which became popular after it was featured on the Tyra Banks Show. The cream claims to get rid of the ugly stretch marks in just three weeks! Somebody please send me a box! http://www.stretchmark-s.com/trilastin-sr-reviews.html
Looking for something with natural ingredients? Try Captiva. Some of the main ingredients of this ointment are kojic acid, lemon juice extract, Alpha-Arbutin, licorice extract, mulberry extract, lactic acid, niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and emblica powder. This ointment claims to diminish stretch marks and other problems such as dark spots and hyper pigmentation just within two weeks.
If you're not breastfeeding, your dermatologist may prescribe tretinoin cream (commonly known by the trade name Retin-A), alone or in combination with other creams. A few studies have shown that applying 0.1 percent tretinoin cream may help with stretch marks. In one study, the treatment reduced the length of the stretch marks by 14 percent and the width by 8 percent. In another study, it decreased the length by 20 percent.
You can also try laser treatments, which can be expensive and aren’t usually covered by insurance. And when I interviewed the super fab Kimora Lee Simmons for my The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy book, she admitted to trying laser treatments for her stretch marks. Her words to the wise: “Save your money ladies. It doesn’t work.” Oh well.
And the caveat to my story, well, all the rubbing on my stomach helped. But I was less dilligent about stretching in other places like the thighs and buttocks, and that, alas, is where Tony the Tiger struck.
Do you have a stretch mark tip to share?